(CORRECTS Renault’s investment total to 1.4 billion euros in final paragraph)
MAUBEUGE, France, Nov 8 (Reuters) - France’s Renault said it will build new Nissan and Mitsubishi vans at its domestic plants, raising investment in the country as it explores closer integration of the three-way carmaking alliance with government backing.
Renault will build a new Nissan NV250 delivery van at its factory in Maubeuge, northern France, on an architecture shared with its own Kangoo model, which includes an electric version, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi said on Thursday.
A larger Mitsubishi model will also be produced in Sandouville alongside Renault’s Trafic van, the alliance said in a statement. The announcement raises Renault’s investment in France this year to 1.4 billion euros ($1.6 billion), it added.
$1 = 0.8757 euros Reporting by Marine Pennetier; Additional reporting by Laurence Frost in Paris; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Richard Lough